The Unofficial Ranking of Guinness’ Most Iconic Animal Ads
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If you’ve ever stepped foot in an Irish bar, you’ve likely seen some of Guinness’ vintage posters. The genius ads, designed by artist John Gilroy, have delighted beer drinkers for decades. And, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a look at the most iconic Guinness mascots of all time. Cheers!
At first, a pelican was thought to be the crowning bird of Guinness. But then, one of the ad campaign’s copywriters, Dorothy Sayers, made a change that would alter history. Keep reading to find out which.
In some regards, the sea lion started it all. During a trip to the zoo, Gilroy saw a sea lion balancing a ball on its nose. He connected the dots to Guinness and imagined a sea lion with a pint of beer instead.
Good luck getting that pint back. This thieving bear won’t be bribed.
Nothing—not even a pint glass—can stand in the way of this ostrich getting his Guinness fix. When the ad was first released, some fans were concerned that he swallowed the glass the wrong way. Gilroy’s explanation? The ostrich was balancing the glass on his beak (a la the sea lion) and flicked it up in the air before swallowing.
Popular in many advertisements, the tortoise frequently echoes the sentiment “Have a Guinness When You’re Tired.” In earlier ads, the stout was often pegged as a good-for-you health drink that can make you strong. Is Guinness the key to a long life? One 100-year old woman claims it is.
We know you saw this one coming. But there’s no denying that Guinness’ most popular mascot is the toucan. Introduced in the 1930s, the toucan appeared during many of the brand’s ad campaigns, most notably with the “Lovely Day for a Guinness” slogan. Next, check out these products every Guinness lover needs.